Lowkey recently stopped in with Ceasefire set up his soapbox and explain just why he snubbed the Big Dawg's invitation to join him for his popular online TV channel. Whichever direction your moral compass points you in, this man's unwavering conviction is admirable. Most rappers wouldn't put their beliefs before their personal success, if they have any beliefs at all.
Piff Gang seem to catch a bit of flak for re-appropriating contemporary US rap. Fair enough if that's not your bag, but presumably these nitpickers chomp at the bit for looped breaks and samples - production techniques that came from across the pond anyway.
Congratulations are in order for Context, who managed to get his fans behind him to end up on MTV's recent Brand New For 2012 winners' list. He was the only unsigned act to go through and kept company with the likes of Lana Del Ray. Respect his
Just as US MCs started rapping about pills as late as the turn of the millennium - when Brits had already developed lockjaw, missing teeth, short-term memory loss and bouts of depression - now Cypress Hill rope in Rusko for a dubstep number.
DJ Muggs once told a music mag that UK rap is shit and would never be able to touch America. Well Muggs, I'm afraid US rappers sound shit on 140bpm.
Two of the UK's finest hip hop producers, Myke Forte and Kelakovski, join J Dilla ambassador Houseshoes and Berlin's Suff Daddy for a new four-track instrumental EP from the Louis Den camp.
Big Gen gives you the enigmatically titled EP Painkillers & Pilkington, with Pastor Dutchie solely manning the boards. This is the warm-up to I Ain't Even Started Bruv. It is a true fact that Genesis Elijah is the only rapper followed by Ricky Gervais on Twitter, though rumours of a feature in an Office spin-off remain unconfirmed.
Pick up the EP below.
Here's a snippet from Bonobo with guest vocals courtesy of Ipswich rapper and fellow Ninja Tune labelmate DELS. Eyesdown will be available in full glory on 13 Feb when Bonobo's remix of 2010 album Black Sands hits stores. Pre-orders available here.
the practice among those with power or influence of favouring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs."
Someone needs to press the reset button on this.
Benny Banks is on the offensive after signing on the dotted line with Warner Music subsidiary 679. Bada Bing sees Show N Prove offer up one of his most commercially viable productions to date, and Benny prove to be one of the least threatening rappers to ever mean mug to camera.
This is pretty much an excuse to post Fabolous's Y'all Don't Hear Me Though, produced by New Jersey up-and-comer Cardiak. Nothing new here, but then you can't ever really go too wrong with bare-faced bravado over a chest-puffing beat.
"The camera's on us! Everybody, gun fingers!"
Faith SFX knocks it out the park once again, aping the beat from Nas's Affirmative Action, throwing in a synth fill from Still Dre and combining it with the vocals off Odd Future Golf Wang crooner Frank Ocean's Swim Good. Tack Black The Ripper on the end and you've got a bootleg winner. Faith has hands down got the best vocal beats around.
Tony Rotten carries the Rapper Tag torch, taking over from Rodney P and leaving it open for his righthand man K9. This could very quickly end up in a cul-de-sac of nostalgia and favouritism. Someone who's released an album in the last 12 months should get this next.
A superb animated video gets married to Paul White's weird but wonderful Doldrums, possibly the only slice of medieval vocoder hip hop you will ever hear. Mr White's Rapping With Paul White and it follow-up remix set are available here and here.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that after Maths & English Dizzee Rascal gave up trying altogether. But after collaborating with Calvin Harris and Shakira, then cementing his position as a pop rapper with half a heart and sterling signs for eyeballs, it seems like the fuse got lit once again (check his verse on Bluku Bluku! for evidence).
Whether any proceeding album follows suit remains to be seen, but this mixtape is a flagrant move back to basics alongside his Dirtee Stank brethren.
GUTS N’ GLORY – Dizzee Rascal, Scrufizzer (Prod. by Dizzee Rascal, Musical D)
I WANT IT ALL – Dizzee Rascal, D Double E, Footsie (Prod. by Footsie)
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN – D Double E, Example (Prod. by T.E.D.D.Y. Music)
MINIMUS – Dizzee Rascal (Prod. by Cage)
HYPE! – Dizzee Rascal, Footsie, D Double E (Prod. by Footsie)
SUCCESS OR FAILURE – Footsie (Prod. by Cage)
ZANE LOWE SKIT
KRYME – Dizzee Rascal (Prod. by Dizzee Rascal)
BOY DEM ABOUT – Dizzee Rascal (Prod. by Dizzee Rascal)
AINT HAVIN IT – Dizzee Rascal (Prod. by Dizzee Rascal)
PAPER CHASE – Dizzee Rascal, Scrufizzer (Prod. by Footsie)
RIGHT PATH – Scrufizzer (Prod. by Footsie)
NANGFEST – Dizzee Rascal, D Double E, Footsie (Prod. by S.K.I.T.Z. Beatz)
LEVELS – Dizzee Rascal, D Double E, Footsie (Prod. by Footsie)
GRIME SUPERIORS – Footsie, Chronik (Prod. by Cage)
WARRIOR WITHIN – Dizzee Rascal, D Double E, Footsie (Prod. by Cage)
WAVESTATION – Footsie (Prod. by Footsie)
PUMPIN IT OUT REMIX – D Double E, Kano, Footsie, Hyper, JME, Rapid (Prod. by Rapid)
BEEF – Dizzee Rascal, Footsie, D Double E (Prod. by S.K.I.T.Z. Beatz)
ANSWER THE PHONE – Smurfie Syco, Footsie (Prod. by Smurfie Syco)
I AINT LIKE YOU – Dizzee Rascal (Prod. by Cage, Musical D)
BODYWORKZ – D Double E (Prod. by T.E.D.D.Y. Music)
DIZZEE RASCAL SKIT
GASSED UP – Dizzee Rascal, Footsie (Prod. by Footsie)
The ridiculously named DMC finalist DJ Killer Tomato and Associated Minds mover and shaker Mayor join forces for this mix of some of the finest cuts from Britain from the last year or so. Clocking in at little over 27 minutes - and showcasing Paul White & Tranquil, Kidkanevil & Willo Wispa, Sonnyjim, Jehst, P.L.O. & Ralph Rip Shit, Mystro, Ramson Badbonez & Wizard, Chemo, Cappo and more - there's no flab or chaff round here.